March 2, 2017
The hearts of Mexican followers were divided, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martín del Potro was the best proof that one can have more than one love at a time. The Grand Stadium was filled with equal amounts of cheers supporting either Nole or Delpo. In a night that witnessed a showcase duel, at the end Djokovic was able to snatch the win and advance to quarterfinals 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Nole stood strong in a very demanding duel against an opponent that worked him to the point of exhaustion playing continuous long rallies. Wednesday night gave into Thursday’s early hours and fans were as energetic and excited as the duel itself.
The Serbian player now has a 12-4 H-2-H record against the Argentinian veteran that was able to connect right-handed, deep, shots. The public would celebrate each point as if it was the spectacle’s decisive one, with the score closely shifting from side to side.
The first set was owned by Juan Martin, who ended the partial with an ace, a double-fault and 80% effective first serve. Nole kept focused even after having a break-point against him and he worked hard to balance the scores every time. Djokovic ended the second set with two aces, 56% effective first service and saved four break-points.
The third set kept everyone on edge. Delpo had a triple break point in the seventh game although Djokovic saved the first two with a passing shot from the Argentinian when Novak was attacking on the net he gave the opening for the break. Nevertheless the Serbian was able to make a quick comeback (4-4) and then maintained (5-4). Del Potro struggled to keep up with his opponent but Novak cornered him so he would fault and in his double match point he secured his pass to quarterfinal rounds and will be measured against Australian Nick Kyrgios.
At the end of the match Nole thanked the Mexican audience for their warm support and the crowd answered his thankful gesture with applause and chants just as Delpo did while he exit the court gloomily.